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  • Give Your Resume a Leg Up with a Job Referral

    Are you struggling to get your resume noticed by hiring managers? You are not alone. In today’s competitive job market, getting on the radar of the top hiring managers takes more than just a well-written resume. It helps tremendously to get a referral from a trusted source, which can open many more doors to career success.
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  • 5 Things to Do Before a Job Interview to Get the Gig

    Getting ready for a job interview can feel scarier than the worst final exam. You know you need to prepare, but there are so many things you could do ahead of time, and only so much time to do them in. Don't let the pre-interview stress melt your brain. Just follow these very simple steps, and that interview can turn into your first meeting with your new boss.

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  • Job Interview Tips from 'So You Think You Can Dance'

    Every year, thousands of dancers from all around the nation line up to audition for the Fox series, So You Think You Can Dance. Their ultimate goal? To get "hired" as one of the season's top 20 dancers. Each performer only has a few minutes to impress the judges not only with their talent but with their personality. If they succeed, they move on to the second round (Vegas). From there, it's like a probationary period where everything they do is under scrutiny and in the end, only the very best get the job.
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  • Negotiate Salary in a Seller's Market

    Job seekers are frustrated, and who can blame them? In this economy, it's not uncommon for educated yet unemployed adults to spend weeks in grueling job interviews, only to be offered the measly sum of $17 per hour. No benefits. Take it or leave it. In a bad business economy, it's a seller's market.
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  • Tactful Ways to Escape a (Really) Bad Job Interview

    As job seekers, we've all experienced at least one – a job interview gone terribly wrong. When this happens, how do you cope? Do you bolt or endure it? In this article, we'll look at the three most common bad interview scenarios and give you expert advice on how to tactfully escape with your reputation and sanity intact.
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  • Send a Not-So-Boring Thank-You Note

    What do potential bosses and grandparents have in common? They both love thank-you notes. Remember how, when you were growing up, grandparents always gave the most awesome gifts? And then shortly after birthdays, holidays, or whatever the occasion, your mother would start in: "Did you write your thank-you notes yet? Remember to write your thank-you notes!"
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  • 3 Things to Do When You Get Laid Off

    "Layoff" is arguably the scariest word in the English language for most workers, and never more so than during the past few years, when cuts abounded and new jobs were hard to find. But getting laid off can also be one of the best things that ever happened to you. It all depends on how you react in the days and weeks following your pink slip.

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  • 3 Ways to Rebrand Your "Useless" Degree

    Every spring, alongside the finance folks and engineers, an entire crop of graduates flood the workforce armed with nothing but a degree that appears to be worth less than a place mat at the fast food restaurant where they are unqualified to work. So what do you do when your degree doesn't automatically qualify you for a career track? Brand yourself better.

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  • Picture Me This: Visual.ly Converts Your LinkedIn Profile Into an Infographic

    Let's face it, the conventional resume is pretty darn boring. There's only so much you can do to make a one-page piece of paper containing your entire collegiate and professional career unique enough for a recruiter to notice it out of the hundreds and hundreds of resumes submitted. So how does the skilled, accomplished, and qualified candidate stand out in the crowd? Visual.ly might just have the picture-perfect solution to this very problem.
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  • 5 Cover Letter Fails That Are Worse Than Anything You're Doing

    What's worse than creating a resume? If you said, "writing a cover letter," you are both correct and also probably in the midst of a job search. Cover letters are famously hard to pull off. Get too creative, and you look overly eccentric; hew too closely to a template, and you look like a robot.

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  • Federal Sequester Slashes Unemployment Checks

    Politics just got a whole lot more real for anyone relying on federal jobless benefits. The much-threatened and finally-enacted sequester, an $85 billion slash-and-burn federal budget cut, started trickling down to the everyman these past two months. It translated to, among other things, some folks getting a smaller unemployment check and others being cut off entirely.
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  • Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?

    As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.
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  • 8 Tips for Surviving Your First Week as a Temp

    In a tough job market, many folks are turning to temporary and contract assignments in order to land work in their fields. This is especially helpful for those who are new college graduates or career changers. Temping also has multiple benefits for job seekers.
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  • #HireMe - Using Hashtags to Land Your Dream Job

    Social media is a great tool for job seekers. Because today's job market is so competitive, it's necessary to use a bit of creativity to get noticed in the vast sea of applicants. Social media, especially hashtags, can help differentiate candidates from the competition. What started out as a way to identify keywords and trendy phrases turned out to be a valuable and unconventional means to effectively get noticed by employers.

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  • Young America's Job Crisis

    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
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  • 5 Things NOT to Say in a Job Interview

    We’ve all been there at some point in the job search process. Sitting in the interview hot seat with sweaty palms, waiting for the interviewer to start rattling off questions that somehow we must answer skillfully. It can seem a lot like an interrogation. This experience can make even the most practiced candidate resort to saying something foolish, merely as a result of being nervous. It’s referred to as the “foot-in-the-mouth” syndrome and it can happen to the best of us!
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  • Is Vine the Future of Resumes and Job Applications?

    The current economy has left a lot of people jobless (about 7.7 percent in America), which means that job candidates need to find new and creative ways to make them stand out to potential employers. One journalist, Dawn Siff, took to new video social networking app Vine to show off her skills.
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  • Why You Should Think of Your Resume as a Sales Pitch

    It's one of the most frustrating things to deal with when you're writing a resume: what to leave out. And if you're a jack of all trades, you might wind up leaving out more than that include. Here's why that's perfectly OK.

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  • 5 Signs You Didn't Get the Job

    No matter how well you prepare for an interview, it's hard not to second-guess yourself after the fact. Did the interviewer really mean it when she said, "We'll be in touch," or is that the job searching equivalent of "I'll call you"? Did you come off as confident, as you hoped, or did your self-assurance morph into arrogance sometime after your third practice interview?

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  • Why Your All-Over-the-Place Resume Is a Good Thing

    It's one of the most common questions received by career coaches, "What should I do with my resume to cover up the fact that I've switched jobs a lot?" The answer: don't. Turn it to your benefit.

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